December, 2006

Covering Atlantic Yards

Editorial: Over the last 12 months, no story has been as important to Brooklyn — and, as a result, to this newspaper — as Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development. Comment

The steal of the century

Editorial: Bruce Ratner won ugly. Comment

Atlantic Yards a losing bet

Editorial: If there was any doubt that Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development would be a bad investment of billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies, it was wiped away this week by new revelations that the project will generate far less tax revenue than promised just five months ago. Comment

State pol slush fund

Editorial: Now we know why state legislators fought so intensely to keep their “member items” list so secret. Comment

Thor is god of Coney

Editorial: The news this week that a Coney Island real-estate developer will raze Astroland and build a $1.5-billion, Vegas-like menagerie was greeted with the usual hue and cry from nostalgia-addled Brooklynites who remember the “glory days” of Coney Island. Comment

November, 2006

Shelly gets one right

Editorial: We’ve certainly had our disagreements with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, but the Manhattan Democrat earned our Hero of the Week award for his righteous broadside against state development czar Charles Gargano on Sunday. Comment

Don’t fuhgedaboudit

Editorial: Although many mocked it as a pointless junket, Borough President Markowitz’s fact-finding tour of England revealed the truth about how the world tourism industry views our beloved borough — and how much more work he and others need to do to put Brooklyn on the world’s tour map. Comment

Throw Fossella out

Editorial: Americans are, at long last, debating the disastrous Bush administration agenda — and, in large numbers, are finding it a failed one. Comment

October, 2006

Alan Hevesi must go

Editorial: State Comptroller Alan Hevesi must resign. Hevesi, who is accused of using state employees to drive his wife, continues to defend himself against the charge that he has violated the public trust. Comment

Bring back a trolley!

Editorial: Calls to restore trolley service to Brooklyn probably started the day after trolley service — like the Dodgers — left Brooklyn. Comment

Stop hiding, Gargano

Editorial: Just who does Charles Gargano think he’s working for — the public that pays his salary or developer Bruce Ratner? Comment

Follow the Yards money

Editorial: All of Brooklyn owes a debt of gratitude to an umbrella coalition called the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods — not only because the group has put out the most detailed study of the state’s analysis of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project, but, in doing so, has shown once again the value of independent experts operating outside of Albany’s closed-door meetings and smoke-filled rooms. Comment

September, 2006

Our invitation to Ratner

Editorial: We ran into Forest City Ratner Vice President Bruce Bender in front of Park Slope’s PS 321 the other day. We’ve known Bender for a long time and we like talking with him — even though he goes to town on us like we were a Peter Luger porterhouse. Comment

Pataki’s wall of silence

Editorial: Got a secret? You can certainly entrust it to Gov. Pataki and the cabal of insiders who pack his lame-duck administration. Comment

Whitman smokescreen

Editorial: This week’s 9-11 commemorations hit many of the right notes. Even five years after this generation’s “date that will live in infamy,” New Yorkers still yearn for their towering skyline, still crave the collective spirit that followed that horrific day, still want to think the best of their elected officials even when those officials try to control the legacy of the terror attacks for their own craven purposes. Comment

In other races…

Editorial: The Papers makes these endorsements. Comment

For Congress in the 10th, Ed Towns

Editorial: In the 10th Congressional District — which stretches through central Brooklyn and includes parts of DUMBO, Fort Greene, Boerum Hill and Prospect Heights — voters are asked to choose between a candidate who’s right on local issues, and one attuned to foreign affairs but out to lunch domestically. Comment

For the Fightin’ Eleventh, David Yassky

Editorial: The retirement after 24 years of Rep. Major Owens has prompted a free-for-all for a rare open seat in Brooklyn. Residents of the 11th Congressional District — which spans from Brooklyn Heights to East New York and includes parts of Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Windsor Terrace, Prospect Heights and East Flatbush — are fortunate to have an actual debate over who would best serve them, rather than the usual choice between an unaccomplished incumbent and an unqualified opponent. Comment

August, 2006

Sham choice, process

Editorial: If you judge only by the state’s seven-hour public hearing on Wednesday night, there are just two sides in the battle over Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development: thugs and nerds. Comment

4 hours seal Brooklyn’s fate

Editorial: Wednesday marks the first day of the rest of Brooklyn’s life. Comment

Times in Bruce’s corner

Editorial: The New York Times, which is working with Bruce Ratner to build a new Times headquarters in Manhattan, continues to trumpet its enthusiastic view of its partner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development. In a City section editorial that capped a string of upbeat “news” articles and unreported stories, Times writers seemed to be working off a Ratner press release. As a service to our readers, some of whom may also occasionally read the Times, we present a more nuanced view. Comment

Flawed from the get-go

Editorial: While many Brooklynites have spent the past two weeks complaining that the Empire State Development Corporation ruined everyone’s vacations by releasing its 2,000-page Atlantic Yards draft environmental impact statement during the summer, some people have actually rolled up their sleeves and started analyzing the flawed document. Comment

July, 2006

Roger Green must drop out

Editorial: Assemblyman Roger Green must stop dodging City Councilman Charles Barron’s call. Both Barron (D–Canarsie) and Green (D–Fort Greene) are hoping to retire longtime Rep. Ed Towns this fall. Comments (1)

Gargano to B’klyn: Get big

Editorial: The Manhattanization of Brooklyn is now official state policy. That’s what Empire State Development Corporation Chairman Charles Gargano said this week, as his agency released a disheartening draft environmental impact statement for Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project. Comment

Brooklyn and Wal-Mart: Perfect together

Editorial: There is one unavoidable conclusion written between the lines of this week’s Chamber of Commerce report on our local economy: Brooklyn needs Wal-Mart. Comments (1)

A dog-and-pony show

Editorial: The timing could not have been more suspect. On the eve of a massive protest rally at Grand Army Plaza this Sunday and weeks before he will release an environmental impact statement, Bruce Ratner and his public-relations minions set up a dog-and-pony show to highlight the lone element of his mammoth $3.5-billion Atlantic Yards mega-development that could arguably be viewed in a positive light: 2,250 “affordable” rental units. Comment

June, 2006

It’s official: It’s no park

Editorial: A park is a park, and a project a project. As a policy, The Brooklyn Papers has, when reporting on the proposed development along the Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO waterfronts, generally referred to it as a “project” or a “development,” but certainly not a park. Comment

The madness of Kings

Editorial: Brooklyn’s real-estate market — already red hot for the last 20 years — has gone truly insane. Here’s the latest evidence. Comment

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